Blast from the present
Why you should preserve the ultimate Falcon from extinction
WITH the demise of the iconic Falcon GT it’s time to consider parking one in the shed to reap the rewards as its value climbs.
The GT is the most iconic of all Australian cars; it reigned over the motoring landscape since it was introduced in 1967. It has been the performance king on the street, it has won races on the track, and it’s won the hearts and minds of generations of Australians.
Many say it’s a relic; that it was surpassed many years ago by a new generation of turbocharged four-cylinder performance cars. For others, however, there’s nothing that comes close to the thunder of a big, musclebound V8.
The classic era of the Falcon GT was 1967-1976. These are the models collectors cherish but there is no reason to think the later GTs won’t become increasingly valued.
The FG-based GT launched in 2008 is the latest of the wave that kicked off with the BA in 2003. Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) equipped it with a hand-built engine producing a whopping 315kW and everything else you could want in a performance car. Anyone who wanted more could go for the GT-P, which was loaded with even more features.
The Mark II update in 2010 moved the GT into a new performance realm with an all-new supercharged 5.0-litre V8 that boasted 335kW and a massive 570 Nm.
It was enough to power the GT from standstill to 100km/h in a mere 4.9 seconds — that's supercar territory. A six-speed sports automatic transmission or a six-speed manual backed up the blown V8, and drive appropriately went through the rear wheels. Apart from the mightily impressive upgrades to the driveline there was little else to distinguish the Mark II from the earlier FG model.
The first supercharged models struggled and failed to put that immense output down — the accelerate needed to be treated with great respect. Latter models overcame that squirrelly tendency.
Visually there were new stripes and the Boss number on the bonnet was revised to 355 to let everyone know what lurked underneath.
Buying a GT is more about provenance than performance; you must check that your potential purchase is real. Just get a GT expert to go over it for you. You also need to make sure you’re not buying a clapped-out wreck that's been thrashed within an inch of its life by an uncaring owner.
That's best be done by having an experienced mechanic go over it.
The good thing is that most GT owners today appreciate what they’ve got and they look after it by having it properly serviced. No car more requires regular servicing than a performance car like the GT. Apart from one or two complaints of sticky or hard clutch pedals on manuals, there have been few issues reported by FG GT owners. But it’s still a good idea to thoroughly inspect any car you might be thinking of buying, because at the end of the day the GT is still based on an FG Falcon and subject to the vagaries of Ford production.
Buy now and be blown away by the last of the real GTs.